Budget Processes/Performance Measures


State budget processes refer to various budgeting activities and stages in the development of a state’s budget, including the budget cycle, budget requirements, budgeting tools, the budget document, and monitoring the budget. Technical and administrative advancements in the budget process can redirect spending to more effective programs and ultimately lead to better service delivery. In the coming years, changes to state budget processes will likely reflect a growing need to establish clear linkages between funding levels and program results.

Staff Contact: Kathryn Vesey White

NASBO Publications

  • Highlights include:- In fiscal 2015, total state spending increased at its fastest rate since 1992, primarily due to growth in federal Medicaid funds resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).- Spending from states’ own funds moderately grew in fiscal 2015, while federal funds to states rapidly increased due to the ACA.- Medicaid represented over half of all federal funds to states in fiscal 2015.- State revenue growth accelerated in fiscal 2015, although it was hampered somewhat by the decline in oil prices.
  • This report shows that state budgets are expected to continue on a path of stable, moderate growth, with 42 governors recommending spending increases for fiscal 2016. However, progress is slow, and structural issues and long-term spending pressures will require difficult budget choices for many states. States’ spending proposals continue to be cautious as they plan for limited revenue growth.

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